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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Nov. 8-10

by on November 08, 2019 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

Around the area this weekend: the three-day Centre Film Fest makes its debut at Philipsburg's Rowland Theatre; the State College Choral Society opens its 71st season; the State College Municipal Band performs a salute to veterans; Centre Stage performs Sondheim's "A Little Night Music"; and Elk Creek hosts its 12th annual Harry Smith Festival.

That's just a taste of what you'll find, with even more theater, music, art, sports and community events. We've put together some highlights below.

There is plenty more around the region for you to enjoy and you can find it all on our calendar page. Explore the weekend's events and add your own if it isn't listed. Or see our Bar Tour and Movies pages for more options this weekend or anytime.

The inaugural Centre Film Fest comes to Philipsburg's Rowland Theatre Friday through Sunday. Kicking off at 5 p.m. Friday, the weekend features award-winning features and shorts, a showcase of new work by area high school students, live music and masterclasses led by film and documentary professionals. Free shuttle buses will be available to and from Penn State's HUB-Robeson Center. See the full schedule and ticket information at

The Next Stage theater company presents "Operation Crucible," the story about four ordinary young men in extraordinary times, steelworkers trapped in the basement of the Marples Hotel in Sheffield, England after it was bombed by the German Luftwaffe on Dec. 12, 1940. The show, which ran to rave reviews in New York last year, begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in The Attic of The State Theatre. 

Penn State Centre Stage performs Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Playhouse Theatre, University Park. Set at the turn of the last century, the musical interweaves a tangled web of former and current lovers among the upper crust elite of Sweden. Performances continue Nov. 11-15.

Jeff Gundy and Ann Hostetler, Mennonite poets from Ohio and Indiana, read from their new books as part of the Out Loud Series at Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny St.

Our Lady of Victory, 800 Westerly Parkway, will host its annual fall bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school gymnasium, featuring food, games, raffles, silent auction, and craft and toy sales. The Penn State-Minnesota football game will be shown on a big screen. 

Kevin Kurtz, award-winning author of multiple nonfiction children’s books about science and nature will read his books "Uncovering Earth’s Secrets," "Where Wild Microbes Grow," and "A Day in the Deep," every half-hour from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Discovery Space, 1224 N. Atherton St. He will also share photos and talk about his time on the JOIDES Research vessel. Free with admission.

The State Theatre presents the Metropolitan Opera HD Live broadcast of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" at 12:55 p.m. Saturday.Soprano Hui He portrays the title role of the doomed geisha, with tenor Andrea Carè as the American naval officer who abandons her. Plácido Domingo makes his role debut as Sharpless. Pier Giorgio Morandi is on the podium for Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production. Penn State Opera Theatre director Ted Christopher will speak before the broadcast at 12:15 p.m.

FUSE Production's play reading series continues with a standout local cast performing Peter Morgan's "Frost/Nixon," at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Singing Onstage Studios, 1108 S. Pugh St. Limited general admission tickets are available here.

The State College Choral Society opens its 71st season with "A British Banquet" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner St. The concert will feature three choral pieces that show the range of three giants of British music: Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Chamber strings and piano led by Jim Lyon will accompany the SCCS.

Kids of all ages can pose for pictures with Santa from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. 

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks, 100 W. Main St. in Millheim, hosts its 12th annual Harry Smith Festival paying tribute to the Anthology of American Folk Music, the Rosetta Stone of pre-war American roots music. Performers included Chicken Tractor Deluxe, The Jive Bombers (Richard Sleigh & Jerry Zolten) and Hannah Bingman. $15 cash donation at the door will benefit Penns Valley Hope Fund, a grassroots organization providing emergency assistance to local people facing sudden and unexpected need.

The State College Municipal Band opens its 2019-20 season with "A Salute to Veterans" at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Mount Nittany Middle School auditorium. The concert will include a suite of old American dances be mixed in with the rarely heard complete versions of each military branch march. Free admission but donations are welcome.

Penn State's HUB-Robeson Galleries present "Strewn, Hither and Thither." a solo exhibition of inflatables by artist Claire Ashley. All are welcome to a free, informal celebration from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday. In conjunction with the opening, 12 students will inhabit Ashley’s sculptures and perform her work "Hot Rocks," a speculation on the future evolution of the human species, whether on or off our planet.

In this beautifully photographed film, Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges shares the screen with scientists, profound thinkers and a dazzling array of Earth’s living creatures to reveal eye-opening concepts about ourselves and our past, providing fresh insights into our subconscious motivations and their unintended consequences. 7 p.m. Sunday at The State Theatre.

Friday: Field hockey vs. Maryland, Big Ten semifinal, 4 p.m., Field Hockey Complex; Men's hockey vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m., Pegula Ice Arena; women's volleyball vs. Indiana, 7:30 p.m., Rec Hall

Saturday: Men's basketball vs. Wagner, 4 p.m., Bryce Jordan CenterMen's hockey vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m., Pegula Ice Arena; women's volleyball vs. Purdue, 7 p.m., Rec Hall

Sunday: Women's basketball vs. Rider, 2 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center; men's soccer vs. Wisconsin, Big Ten quarterfinal, 1 p.m., Jeffrey Field; field hockey (if win Friday) vs. TBD, Big Ten final, 2 p.m., Field Hockey Complex; wrestling vs. Navy, 2 p.m., Rec Hall.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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